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Morning watch 8-28-14

August 28th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was 18 degrees cooler this morning than yesterday and way less humidity as a cold front works its way thru western New York. It was mostly cloudy with a starting temperature of  54 (F) 12 (C)

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I started my watch with Dot.Ca  (DC) as I spotted him on the top ibeam south corner of OCSR from the Broad St. Bridge (BSB). I drove down to the hole on Aqueduct St. to get closer to him-2 minutes later he flew west.


10 minutes later I found Beauty as I pulled over on Woodbury St. on the east side-she was up on the 5th column on the south side of Xerox.


I then drove over to Chestnut St. to watch her with a front view. She was doing a lot of stretching and preening-still in a molt and losing white down feathers.

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Beauty stayed there catching a nap here and there besides the preening and stretching (she’s a great multi-tasker lol) until just before the 8 o’clock hour when she flew over to the southeast corner of HSBC just long enough to touch down and fly off again behind the building out of view.

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I went in search of and found DC on the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) platform railing northeast corner.

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10 minutes later DC looked east and flew west only to return seconds later and come to rest on the northwest corner this time. He was watching some birds below him as he flew off again a few minutes later and returned to the northeast corner one more time. Less than 5 minutes after that he took off and came back this time with prey landing under the platform and above the southeast cube.

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I left my spot in the City Hall parking lot for a spot down on Fitzhugh St. in front of the Sister Cities parking garage to see him better as he plucked feathers and started eating. He didn’t eat for long then hopped over to a beam farther in under the platform where I could not see him too well.

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I left DC around 9am to look for the Beautyful one before wrapping up my watch. Stopping on the Andrews St. bridge to look around I took one last pic of DC. I found Beauty on the top ibeam of OCSR near the south corner from the BSB then I first went to the hole and then the Radisson Hotel at Main St. for better viewing.

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I hung out with her for a few minutes while she napped and looked around her territory.

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I left to check the Hawkeye plant,Kodak research building and Seneca Towers-all places Veteran and Billy have been seen but had no luck in finding them. I called it a watch around 9:45am with a smile for having seen that Beauty and DC are well and doing fine! :)

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Morning watch 8-27-14

August 27th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Well it was bound to happen-the string of nice sunny mornings came to an end today as it was dark and overcast with a starting temperature of 72 (F) 22 (C)

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I came across both Beauty and Dot.Ca (DC) on Widows Walk around 6:45am this morning. Beauty was on the southeast corner and DC was up on the east side of the railing. I was parked in the parking lot next to Times Square.

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Again, I can’t say how pleased I am that they are spending so much time together. Most Peregrine pairs go to their nest site to bow and renew their bond after the kids leave home. I think these 2 have been seen at the nest box only twice to bow-all this togetherness must be their way of bonding. If it works for them, it works for this falcon watcher!Beauty didn’t stay long before flying off to the east and DC stayed so I elected to stick with DC since I didn’t see him yesterday. He soon flew across to the north side railing and I went over to Fitzhugh St. where I had a front view of him.

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DC made several attempts to extract a pellet and finally was able to get a couple small chunks up and out-I got it on video. He was watching some starlings above and below him when suddenly he started to whine and took off heading north.

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40  minutes  and 2 trips around downtown later I came across the happy couple on a chimney below Widows Walk. Beauty had food that she was preparing and DC was right next to her watching and whining. They stayed maybe 2 minutes then the Beautyful one flew off with her package and DC followed right behind as they headed west then turned north.

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10 minutes as was coming down Fitzhugh St. from Main St. I spotted tail feathers on the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) large disk. It was DC and he was eating, so he had managed to charm Beauty out of some of her catch! He brought his prize to the front edge for a second giving me a  look-I believe it was a pigeon, then he went out of sight to the other side of the disk.

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I drove down to the City Hall parking lot thinking I could see him on the north side but he was only showing tail feathers again. While en route Beauty showed up and parked herself under the southeast cube on FCT right across from DC. It was her turn to whine at him even though she had a full crop.

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DC flew west and snuck back without me seeing to land back on the disk while Beauty kept whining at him off and on. This is how I left them at 8:45am ending my watch because I had a 9 o’clock appointment. It was a successful watch as I saw both of our downtown Rochester Peregrine Falcon pair and they both had eaten making me smile! :)

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Morning watch 8-26-14

August 26th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

This sunny and blue sky morning weather is getting to be a habit around here-I have no problem with it! The starting temperature was 64 (F) 18 (C)

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I had my first sighting from the Andrews St. bridge as I spotted a falcon on the top ibeam northeast side of OCSR.

I reported that it looked like Dot.Ca (DC) but it wasn’t until I went over to Bragdon St. across the river from OCSR giving me a closer look, that I could ID it as Beauty. She was half asleep half the time.

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The sun worked its way around to where the Beautyful one was, making it hard to get pics that weren’t washed out as she had her back facing me pretty much the whole time I watched her. She did some preening and stretching too!

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Around 7:30am I heard the chirping sound of DC-it sounded close by so I looked around but didn’t see him. I thought maybe he was on the west (river) side of the Radisson Hotel right next to where I was parked because Beauty perked up and was looking that way, so I went down to the Sister Cities pedestrian bridge where I could see. I never did find him but I enjoyed all the sights from that bridge-it’s been a while since I’ve visited it.

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I crossed over to the the west side of the river and set up right below OCSR and Beauty.

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I made my way back across the bridge to my car as I didn’t want a parking ticket (I got one there before) because I didn’t have any change to feed the meter. I took a few more pics while I was on the bridge.

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Beauty finally turned around and flew off around 8:20am, circled above the Rochester Plaza Hotel a few times then disappeared behind OCSR heading southwest.

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It was half hour before I found another falcon-again it was Beauty. I spotted her from the City Hall parking lot-she was up by the northwest cube tucked in a corner surrounded by beams making it very difficult to see her.


I tried different angles and finally found a spot on Church St. where I could see just about all of her hidden in the shadows.

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I knew thru past experience that she would be staying there for a while so I set out to look for DC. I never found him but in my travels I saw a guy washing windows on the top round (restaurant) part of OCSR, lots of gulls down on the flats of the river between the Court and Broad St. bridges and a welder doing work on the railing on the Broad St. bridge.

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That’s all she wrote folks-I left downtown and checked the Hawkeye plant, Kodak Park research building and area and last Seneca Towers before heading up 16 floors to my home. No other falcons seen but I spent a lot of time with Beauty and that is always worth a smile! :)

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Morning watch-Positive ID of Billie 8-25-14

August 25th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Another beautiful morning for a falcon watch with blue skies, sunshine and a starting temperature of 60 (F) 16 (C)

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As is my usual routine of late I check from the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) first, then to the Broad St. bridge (BSB) and last the east side. I found both Beauty and Dot.Ca (DC) on the east side of HSBC-she was on the southeast corner and he was on the northeast corner-bookends.

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They had their backs to me and as I had my camera fixed on DC while taping a video of them the Beautyful one left the building. From where I was parked at the back of the parking lot at the Inn on Broadway I could see the RGS antenna which is where she flew to. 15 minutes later DC left when I wasn’t looking so I drove over to East Ave. for a closer view of Beauty.

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She hung out for 20 minutes preening as she continues with a molt (pulling out many down white feathers) and rousing before taking off to the west out of view.

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A trip around downtown yielded me a sighting of DC from the ASB around 7:35am-he was on the northeast cube of the Frontier Communications tower (FCT).


I went to the City Hall parking lot to observe him in the rising sunlight making him look quite white and dapper. He stayed there looking around the area very alertly. At 8:10am DC flew north low and fast past the pine trees that line the south end of the Kodak Office parking lot leaving my field of vision.

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A few minutes later DC flew in from the east and landed on a beam right below the platform on the east side. All I could see of him was his back and side. As I made my way down to the other end of Fitzhugh St. it only got worse as a beam was blocking his head from view. Finally, from below him I got a look at his profile-the white over the cere gave him away.

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DC was looking mostly straight ahead of him and I got the feeling Beauty was up there somewhere so I started checking the tower from all sides. When I pulled over on Plymouth Ave. I had a clear view of Beauty on a west side beam that was across from DC whom I could not see from this vantage point.

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I left them to it around 9:30am and headed home down St. Paul St.-I wanted to check the Kodak Hawkeye plant for Veteran or possibly the banded female I had seen on a window ledge at Seneca Towers a couple days ago. Joyce checked her out later as well and we were pretty darn sure it was Billie (the official spelling is Billy but the DEC wants us to spell it Billie so as not to create any confusion about her gender)  from Central Terminal in Buffalo,NY. No sightings there-continuing on to Seneca Towers where I live on the 16th floor I stopped on Seth Green Drive where there’s a spot you can see the west and south sides of the building thru the trees. Nothing along the roof line and just as I was going to pull my binoculars down and call it a watch I spotted a big falcon with its back to me on a 21st floor window air conditioner on the west side.

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I thought I better get hopping to see if I could get up the slow-go elevator in time to see this big girl from the 21st floor balcony. I was shaking with anticipation and when I walked out on that balcony  and saw how close she was I thought I died and went to heaven. I sat down on a bench and tried to make as little movement as possible so I wouldn’t scare her off. I was very happy that my presence didn’t seem to bother her at all. Let me introduce you to Billie, a 2013 offspring of Gleig (Daughter of Madame X and Surge and Pigotts sister) and our own Rochester born, Diamante (son of Mariah and Kaver). Black over green leg band 77/AX

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Right around 9:55am Billie softly vocalized and flew off while I was taping her. I did my best to catch up with her as she flew above the tree canopy, over the river, back and forth under the Veterans bridge before she looped up under the south side of the bridge where I couldn’t see her. Now my watch was over as I took the elevator down 5 floors to my apartment smiling and shaking wildly from what I was lucky enough to have just witnessed! :)

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A Weekend of Falcon Watching - 8/24 & 8/25/14

August 24th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Sorry to say that my computer has been giving me lots of trouble lately.  I hope to catch up with some pics from last weekend which was the last time I saw a juvie, which I am pretty sure was Tesh.  That being said, since it’s been a week since I’ve seen a juvie, I am now switching over from “Fledge Watch” to “Falcon Watch”.  Fly free and far Tesh, Nettie, Mercury and Nor’Easter.  We all hope to hear that you are doing well in the future.  Miss you already.

My weekend watch was spent mostly watching and following Beauty, with a couple appearances by Dot.ca.  She is quite active right now, spending most of her time visiting favorite spots around downtown Rochester.  Much of her time is spent at the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).  Yesterday, she moved around quite a bit, with only one sighting of Dot.ca at the end of the day.  I did see him on the north side of OCSR today before I ended my watch at 12:30 pm.

The weather was gorgeous.  We’re finally getting some warm temperatures, blue sky and sunshine!  Watchers I saw in my travels this weekend were, Kathy O, Dana, Larry O, Dan, Lou, Joyce, Brian H, and Lisa McK.  You can bet that the Rochester Falcon Watchers will continue to keep an eye on things and report what they see.

OK, now for some pictures from my weekend watches.  Enjoy everyone and goodnight!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The first three pictures are of Beauty after she took a bath on top of City Place.  Her favorite bathing spot.  lol































Sunday, August 24, 2014





















Many thanks to Pat for letting me know this beautiful falcon art was in the subway bed below the Broad St Bridge.

This report is for my dad.  He would have been 83 years old today.  Miss you dad.  Thanks for sharing with me your love of all living things, great and small.  <3

Morning watch 8-24-14

August 24th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a beautiful morning for a falcon watch with mostly clear blue skies, low humidity and a starting temperature of 62 (F) 17 (C)

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Today I had my first falcon sighting from the Broad St. Bridge (BSB)-there was one on the 3rd arm down on the south side of the jail tower.


I drove over to Troup St. for a closer look and found that it was Beauty and the rising sun was shining on her quite nicely making her look almost golden at times.

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She was all foofed up and looking around her surroundings for a nice meal to come out of the shadows. Beauty stayed with me for about half hour before flying off to the north.

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As I was making my way over to the east side via the Court St. bridge I spotted a falcon flying around Xerox and Bausch & Lomb (B&L). It looked small to me, so I think it was probably Dot.Ca (DC) and as I pulled over he vanished behind the buildings. I took a look around that side then returned to the BSB where I spotted the Beautyful one on the top ibeam west corner (one of her favorite perching spots) of OCSR. I went down to the hole for a closer vantage point. She didn’t stay long-maybe 3 or 4 minutes then she was off heading toward Times Square coming to rest under the southeast wing.

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Beauty was on the move this morning-I believe looking for her mate as she stayed but a moment and flew southeast. 10 minutes later as I was on East Ave. I found her on the RGS antenna on her usual perch. To my surprise DC was right below her, this was the first time I’d seen him on that antenna.

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While I was watching DC on my camera screen Beauty flew off about 5 minutes later, so I had no idea what direction she went-I stayed with the handsome one. 5-10 minutes later DC stooped straight down leaving my field of vision within a split second behind the building.

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And that was the last of my falcon sightings for this quiet Sunday morning. An hour later as I sit on the Andrews St. bridge Dana came along and said that she had been looking and had no luck either. We both left to look some more and while I was  on the east side behind HSBC where the post office used to be I came across a gathering of pigeons, thinking there shouldn’t be any problem for Beauty and DC (if he chooses to not migrate this winter) finding food over the next months as we go from summer to fall and into winter.


I thought perhaps our downtown duo had caught breakfast and were eating on a roof somewhere that couldn’t be seen from the ground. I decided to take a drive and look elsewhere for falcons and whatever else I might find in my travels. I shot straight down Lave Ave. to check the Kodak research building where the late Luzerne, Veteran and Billy had been seen in the past. No luck there so I continued on down Lake Ave. to Charlotte. The usual gulls and ducks were around but no other interesting birds. There was a big ship docked at the Port of Rochester.


I left there and headed west down Beach Ave. along the Lake Ontario shoreline until I got to Russel Station (another place Billy frequented-again no falcon. As I pulled over in the parking lot by the inlet a Belted Kingfisher appeared out of nowhere dove in the water completely submerged and came back out with a small fish in its beak! He took it to a tree where I lost sight of him then another one or the same one flew across to the other side landing in a tree.


It flew toward the water and just skimmed the surface before landing in another tree on my side of the inlet. I forgot all about him when I laid eyes on a bunch of Killdeer in the grass hunting for bugs. They are so much fun to watch-especially when they do their injured wing routine to draw predators away from their young.

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I left them to their bug catching and continued to Island Cottage Rd. and the cell tower where Joyce has seen Osprey. This was my lucky day as I spotted 2 on the south side of it. The sun was in a bad spot so all I really saw were silhouettes but I was thrilled just the same. Here it is the end of August and I’m just now seeing my first Osprey!

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I left for home at Seneca Towers hoping to see Veteran or Billy but it wasn’t meant to be today. I ended my watch just about 11am  and I definitely had a smile on my face after a lovely Sunday morning watch! :)

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Morning watch 8-23-14

August 23rd, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The air was heavy with moisture this morning and fog engulfed the rooftops of the tallest buildings downtown with a temperature of 67 (F) 19 (C) and dark overcast conditions

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My first check point was the Andrews St. bridge-I didn’t see anything from there so I continued on to the Broad St. bridge where I could see a falcon on the 2nd arm of the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT). Because of the position that particular arm is situated I couldn’t see a falcon bump from the Andrews St. bridge. I drove over to City Hall on Fitzhugh St. to check it out. I found  it was Dot.Ca (DC) with his back to me so I drove around behind the church to the Open Door Mission parking lot where I could see the front of him.

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DC then took a few steps to his right and turned around showing me his back. I decided to take a ride to look for Beauty but all I found was fog so I returned to Fitzhugh St. where things were looking up and so was DC.

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DC did some preening,scratching and rousing in the next half hour or so as I got settled in to hang out with him.

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Just before 7:30am DC started to whine as I was watching him on my little camera screen. I looked up and expected to see Beauty come flying in but I was too late-she had already snuck in and landed on the east side of the platform with food.

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DC remained above her on the arm for a few minutes and then I guess he couldn’t stand seeing her eat alone and so he flew off to the south and came back with his own little morsel of food. He landed on a beam in the white section below the platform on the south side.

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It didn’t take him long to polish it off and Beauty was whining at him as she had finished eating her breakfast. She moved down off the platform behind the southeast cube where I could barely see her tail feathers so I went over to the parking lot next to the Hochstein School of music where I found her sleeping on the north side under the platform across from her mate.

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DC moved up in the red section and turned around facing the Beautyful one and that’s how I left them. I had a busy day ahead of me and they seemed all settled in so I opted to end my watch at around 8:30am. I love seeing them spending so much time together-I can’t help but smile!  :)

PS-I think it’s safe to say we’re done with fledge watches since the juvies have not been seen in a week

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Fledge watch 8-22-14

August 22nd, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

This morning was not quite as humid as yesterday but it was just as dark and overcast with a temperature of 66 (F) 19 (C) at the start

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I started my watch today at the City Hall parking lot after spotting a falcon on the top arm of the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) from the Andrews St. bridge (ASB). It was Dot.Ca (DC) and he was looking for a meal-watching something down below him.  5 minutes later he was outta there as he flew east toward the river out of view.

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I too went east hoping to find him or Beauty or maybe even a juvie. As I pulled over on Woodbury St. I spotted Beauty on the 5th column of the south side of Xerox-she flew off just as I stopped going around to the west side and out of sight. After a ride around downtown I ended back on the ASB where I spotted 2 falcons on FCT-both were on the platform railing opposite each other. Back to the City Hall parking lot where I identified DC as the one on the north side then down to Fitzhugh St. by the Sister Cities garage to ID the one on the south side as Beauty.

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DC moved down  near the northeast cube then to a beam by the southeast cube. Beauty started to whine at him.

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I moved down under the tower to see DC better but he was in where I could only see his tail feathers so I went back over by the garage to watch the Beautyful one.

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Beauty was very relaxed as she preened-she would look back over her shoulder now and again to have a look at DC, then she’d give out a little whine and continue preening. She lost her footing once and righted herself by spreading out those id wings of hers.

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They both seemed to be content and settled in for a while so I chose to end my watch at 8:30am and get on with my day. It so makes me smile to see our resident downtown Rochester Peregrine Falcon pair spending so much time together these days! :)

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Fledge watch 8-21-14

August 21st, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was another dark, muggy morning with no sun and a starting temperature of 66 (F) 19 (C)

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I started my watch with Dot.Ca (DC)-he was on the top ibeam south corner of OCSR as I pulled over on the Broad St. bridge (BSB). I shot down to the hole for closer viewing.

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I left the hole to park on Graves St. next to Aqueduct Park for a from below view of him. DC walked a few feet to the east and stretched his wing and tail feathers-it appears he may be molting.

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I shared space with DC for about half hour then I took a ride on the east side-I hadn’t checked there yet. I went a different route than my usual to check Xerox and HSBC (I didn’t check the south sides) and found no falcons so I returned to the BSB to find DC gone. Back to the east doing my regular route and bingo, I found Beauty on the south side of Xerox on her old perching spot-the 5th column over from the southeast corner.

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She didn’t stay put for long-about 5 minutes after I arrived on Chestnut St. the Beautyful one flew off going in and out of view near the southwest corner. I could hear DC chirping but didn’t see him so I drove to Court St. where I could see the west side. Beauty landed on the southwest corner momentarily then flew off to the north where DC joined her briefly near Bausch & Lomb (B&L). He disappeared behind Xerox and Beauty kept flying back and forth above and eventually landed on the roof apparatus that the juvies used to land on.

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You can see that Beauty is still molting in that last pic. DC flew over Beauty and headed southwest toward the river and went into stoop formation as he passed above me. Half a minute later Beauty flew off to the northwest past B&L. I left to check around downtown and as I pulled in the parking lot of the Inn on Broadway I spotted Beauty on the RGS antenna. I drove over to East Ave. to spend some time with her.

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I got a call from a friend who needed some help so I left my watch and thought I would return, but it took longer than I thought. I had to stop home (Seneca Towers) first and when I got there I spotted Veteran up on the northwest corner.

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It was 8:15am and there was no sign of the female I saw yesterday. I ended my watch smiling for I had see our dynamic downtown duo and my own resident Peregrine Falcon! :)

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A visitor at the BS Location – Pigott’s Old Territory – August 18, 2014

August 21st, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P. / Photos by Joyce

Monday Afternoon – August 18, 2014

Kathy O reported that she had a falcon at the BS location.  I joined her there and we both watched a falcon flying over the building.  We caught up with falcon on the south side of the building on the corner just above the vent.  It was time to get out the scope.

Joyce had been downtown with a falcon on the jail tower.  She first thought it was Beauty, but later verified that it was Dot.ca.

This falcon was definitely a female based on size.  She had a very dark helmet, flat head and salmon colored chest.  She looked a lot like Beauty, but with subtle differences. One being the two thin white stripes that radiated from her nostrils up over her forehead.  She was gorgeous, but aren’t they all!

Bobby, a young man who told us he and his class used to watch the falcons on the Kodak Birdcam, stopped by.  He was thrilled to see the falcon close up through the scope.  We could see that she was banded with a black over green band and a silver band, but we couldn’t read the numbers on the green/black band.  Joyce took lots of pics, but was also unable to see the numbers.

Joyce sent the pictures to MAK for her opinion.  We all believe that this falcon was not Beauty.  That she was a visitor, possibly passing through on her migration.

You can bet that the Rochester Falcon Watchers will be out there to try to ID this falcon, if she returns.

Stay tuned!

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